Extend Wireless Desktop Range

Dell / DIMENSION 2400
March 12, 2009 at 16:36:11
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.392 GHz / 766 MB
I have a wireless desktop from Microsoft. I have gotten into a lot of computer gaming lately so I move around the room and hold the keyboard in my lap while setting maybe 3 feet from the receiver. When I go this far, the keyboard cuts in and out and my guy on Halo does a little dance... any who, the mouse only works within inches of the receiver, which again doesn't work that well when I put the mouse on a table beside me. (Dang Micro$oft. Those liars. The box said up to 6 feet!) :-) I have read some things online about how to extend the range of these systems, and only one has struck my eye. That was wrapping a telephone cable around the receiver and running that cable up a wall. Is there any other way or something that anyone would recommend? Thanks in advance!

Will
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#1
March 12, 2009 at 17:03:35
Try just putting the receiver up high and as far from potential interference as possible. Old CRT monitors often interfere with the receivers.

Having fresh batteries should also help.

You can always open up the receiver and solder on an external connection...

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#2
March 12, 2009 at 17:46:43
Okay, I put in fresh batteries right before I played Halo right before I posted this, so I don't think that is the problem. If I put it up higher, wouldn't that just increase the distance between the keyboard and the receiver, thus defeating the purpose? Also, what about the solution that I found above? I'm not really in to opening up the board and soldering on an external connection. I can't solder to save my life! :-)

Will
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#3
March 12, 2009 at 18:56:14
Putting it up higher (say 6 inches above your computer instead of on the desk beside your monitor and tower) will help to reduce interference from the other nearby electronics and also potentially give a better line-of-sight between the mouse and receiver.

Wrapping a wire around the receiver is basically a crappy version of soldering an antenna on.

All of the suggestions considered so far (yours and mine) are easy and cheap to try. Give each a shot, and see what helps...

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#4
March 13, 2009 at 12:12:59
Okay, I will try them both tonight!

Will
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#5
March 17, 2009 at 14:20:53
I just went ahead with your first suggestion and hung it up on my wall close to the ceiling, and I am stunned! The wireless range thing in the Mouse options is showing almost full strength signal, when the receiver is near the ceiling and maybe eight feet away from the keyboard. The CRT monitor is the problem, after all. Sorry for not believing you in the first place and thanks a lot!

Will
Free Computer Help: http://www.william234.co.nr/
"Sorry for ranting. I seem to do that a lot!" -ME


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